reveals four home remedies for better skin
SHE might have more than 100m followers on Instagram, but Kendall Jenner is just like the rest of us when it comes to suffering from bad skin days. The 23-year-old model opened up about her struggles with acne at the recent Golden Globes red carpet show, explaining how her visible blemishes at last year’s ceremony knocked her self-esteem.
“I loved my dress and my hair and my make-up was so beautiful,” she recalls in a commercial for skincare company Proactiv, which aired at this week’s awards show. “Then I remember going online and seeing all the horrible things people were saying about me and my skin.”
Acne is a pretty common skin condition — it affects around 80% of people aged 11 to 30. But rather than further clogging your pores with layers of makeup, why not try tapping into home remedies instead? These kitchen heroes are cheap, cheerful and may just lessen the painful irritation of a pimple eruption. Oh, and they aren’t filled with any artificial nasties either.
1. Apple cider vinegar: Studies have found that this particular type of vinegar — which contains acetic, citric, lactic and succinic acid — can kill the spot-causing bacteria known as propionibacterium acnes. Simply mix together one part apple cider vinegar with two parts water, apply to a clean cotton pad and swipe over the face for a natural, blemish-fighting toner.
2. Tea tree oil: This is an age-old skin remedy that’s always good to have in your bathroom cabinet for any emergencies. It can be bought for just a few pounds in most health food shops and is extracted from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia — a tree native to Australia.
When it comes to application, it’s best to apply to a cleansed face, concentrating on any red or irritated problem areas. The smell can be off-putting at first, but it’s often worth persevering; a 2007 study found that applying a tea tree oil to the skin can significantly improve acne after three months.
3. Zinc supplement: The mineral zinc can’t be naturally produced by our bodies, which is why it’s important to make sure you’re getting enough of it in your diet. As well as aiding proper immune system function, it also plays a big role in cell division, cell growth and wound healing. It’s also one of the most studied natural treatments for acne, and researchers have found that those with spots tend to have lower levels of zinc in their blood than people with clear skin. Meat, shellfish, legumes and seeds are all foods high in the essential mineral, but if you really want to make sure you’re getting enough, try taking a daily supplement.
4. Honey and turmeric mask: When it comes to bad skin days, honey is your best friend. It has natural anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, making it an excellent at-home treatment for killing any spot-causing micro-organisms on the skin. Turmeric has been used for centuries in both Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine to treat a vast array of health problems — thanks to its anti-inflammatory goodness.
The best way to tap into their healing magic is by a DIY face mask. Mix half a teaspoon of turmeric with a tablespoon of honey and layer it evenly over a clean, dry face, avoiding the eye area. Leave it to sink into the skin for from 10-20 minutes, and then rinse it off after. Repeat once a week for the perfect spot-busting ritual.
SKIN DEEP: Kendall Jenner has admitted that blemishes knocked her self-esteem.